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to bring bills to the floor unless they got a majority support from republicans. speaker john boehner of ohio violated that longstanding rule last night and in the process he became the only member of the leadership of his party who voted in favor of the bill. eric cantor and kevin mccarthy joined the majority of their party in voting no. boehner did find support from one key republican, paul ryan of wisconsin also voted yes. the main sticking point for republicans, a lack of spending cuts. hours before last night's votes, republicans considered trying to amend the bill from the senate and add additional spending cuts in. the senate made it clear they had no intention of revisiting this idea. so if changes were made that would essentially kill it. before the vote, republicans took to the floor and voiced their concerns. >> there are no spending cuts. we're adding $4 billion a day to the debt. the senate failed in cutting spending. >> i thought we were in a deficit crisis. i thought families were put at risk by this massive debt. what does this do about that? >> it was way past those s
>> is the president setting up house speaker john boehner here for a majority of the house vote? >> that's the real question right now. right now, the focus is on the senate. what does harry reid do? does he blink obama's plan to the floor or try to work with mcconnell in this 11th hour. you will have a tough vote for many house republicans. if that level is at 250 and it includes unemployment, make it so republicans may not. >> joy, do you think we have a deal? >> you know, ill'm still very dubious. but if there is a deal, it will be with a majority of democrats in the house and there's a political risk for boehner in that. >> thank you. you've been watching "hardball." we'll be back in one hour with an all-new live edition. until then, "politics nation" starts rite now. >> thanks, richard. thanks to you for tuning in. breaking news, president obama urges congress to make a deal to overt the fiscal cliff. he announces no deal, but progress may be in sight. >> and that would be the wrong thing to do for our e con mu. it would be bad for middle class families and bad for business
. harry reid spent the day moaning about how bad of a speaker john boehner is good the house is set to return sunday afternoon just one day before the end of the year. nearly 90% of americans will be hit with $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts. as we head off a cliff, what can you and your family expect come january 2? president of the american action reform joins me now. so, windows narrowing, what can we expect from here? >> if we literally go on autopilot and they fail to change course, i am worried about the economy. some sharp equity market attractions, consumer confidence has already begun, lots and lots of notices sent out, layoffs scaring people to death. this is not a good news story for anybody looking for a job. gerri: the clock keeps on taking. the cover of "the new york post," pretty amusing. off the fiscal cliff, this is really going to hurt. i think everybody can relate to that one. for taxpayers, $500 billion increase in taxes. how will that hit people, how meaningful is it going to be, will they see the results in their first paychecks? >> for sure the hig
to talk about that. but that's a reality. >> and so where does this leave speaker boehner? i know speaker boehner voted yes. is there a significance to that? >> originally, the speaker had said he would not bring anything to the floor that didn't have a majority of republicans. almost two to one, the republicans voted against this proposal. so that's a break with his policy. usually speakers don't vote on legislation. but to make his point, boehner voted yes. i don't know how cantor voted, but i kind of think he probably voted no to make a distinction between himself and boehner. but the majority of the republicans voted against this bill. but the real crucial thing was that boehner was successful in getting -- was that they agreed not to have amendments on the bill, that it was a clean bill, and if that hadn't been done, then we'd be back to square one and over the cliff again. >> the edge on dc now. >>> another violent crime on board a metro bus. this a woman stabbed on mlk boulevard and southeast. about 2:15 this morning, a woman stabbed in the chest and another hit in the head before
boehner is calling lawmakers back to washington on sunday with the votes scheduled for early evening. right now, there is no fiscal agreement for them to vote on. with the nation teetering on the brink, president obama return to washington to work on a deal. >> the american people have a right to be upset with this congress. >> the finger pointing continues with democratic leaders accusing house speaker john boehner of putting his political ambitions ahead of the country's fiscal help. >> it is obvious what he is doing. he is waiting until january 3 to get reelected as speaker before entering serious negotiations. >> boehner says that senator reid should "talk less and legislate more." >> republicans have spent over backwards. we have stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. >> the standoff continues. >> right now, the house and senate are in the blame game. each says the onus is on each other to cover the fiscal cliff. >> both sides hope for a deal, but hopes are fading. and some observers say the deal is more likely after the new year after the tax cuts expire. >> then they will b
cuts and spending cuts kicked in. speaker john boehner has been trying to overcome some seriously stiff republican opposition. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is beginninging our coverage this hour. dana, what's the very latest as far as republicans in the house, the majority are concerned? >> reporter: the very latest, wolf, is that down this hallway is the house speaker's office. in that house right now are minutes of the house republican leadership having a discussion, what are they going to do? are they going to have a vote tonight and more importantly, are they going to try to put this senate-passed bill on the house floor with an amendment. it was very clear in talking to many, many house republicans coming out of a meeting they had earlier this afternoon that there was a big desire to have an amendment with some spending cuts. in fact, i spoke with one of those republicans, steve la tour receipt. >> the speaker, to his credit, says we are famous for putting poison pills in pieces of legislation and they can say, that's a poison pill. he's asked that we be respons
.2 trillion in tax increases on the table. speaker boehner walked away from the deal and went to plan b which did not have spending cuts, only the tax increase for millionaires which could not pass. and so they are blaming speaker boehner for walking away from the table. but the bottom line is this president is going to face a lot of pressure in the the days ahead during that debt ceiling debate and escape elsewhere toy come up with entitlement reform that makes spending cuts in addition to the taxes starting to go up. >> bret: ed, we heard the president talk numerous times about how he does not want a battle with republicans over increasing the debt ceiling and how we heard he s not going to play that game. he used that friday. we are not going to do it that way. how is he not going to do it that way? how will they prevent that from happening? >> it is an interesting behind the scenes strategy starting to take place. i was talking to one of the president's top advisors a week or so ago and he basically said theyville a completely different approach in the debt ceiling debate than we have see
at speaker john boehner for delays a vote on aid to the victims of hurricane sandy because of the cost. boehner signaling he's back to a hard line in the budget fights ahead. so are senate republicans. >> so we're going to focus on spending and the tidal waves coming at us you are medicare and the social security. >> reporter: wave number one is the fight over defense cuts and social service spending, postponed two months by yesterday's fiscal cliff deal. >> the motion is president doed. >> reporter: wave number two is worse, another debt ceiling fight like the one last year that damaged the u.s. credit rating. president obama vows no repeat. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they have already racked up. >> reporter: but house rupp pushed back. >> if the president thinks he's not going to negotiate, he better thing again. he's president of the united states, not emperor of the planet. >> reporter: this could get scarier. >> it may take a default, another downgrade, the serious economic consequences that flow from it
out and showed an olive branch dejon banner ever since he has been in. -- john boehner ever since he has been in. president obama has tried to work with these people to get things done, and they will not work with him. host: let's hear from ron in appleton, wisconsin. caller: i woke up this morning, and i am an engineer, an african-american. i have been blessed with a good income. however, when i woke up this morning, though i feared my taxes going up considerably, i was a bit disappointed. the reason for that is that i'm looking long term. taxes, you have to pay for the debt that we have occurred. at this point, it does not matter how we got there. whether it is republicans and democrats or whatever -- it will take all of us to get out of it. it amazes me that everyone wants everyone else to sacrifice, but when it comes to me, i do not want to give that up. at this point, ok, if you are raising my taxes, ok, but make sure that we take care of the debt. that is the big thing. i'm thinking and 10-20 years down the road. i'm not be around then, but my children will be. host: ok, i appr
speaker boehner pulled the vote, sparking angry. >> reporter: the house adjourned without acting on a measure providing relief to victims of superstorm sandy.an but, when the new york and newne jersey delegations emerged from a late afternoon meeting with house leadership, they said the have been promised votes on 6ot0 billion in aid by january . >> now that it's done, we have to not wasp more time, and -- waste more time. >> reporter: earlier, there wer fireworks on capitol hill. >> this is a disaster on top of a disaster. >> it is the most disgraceful action i've seen since i've been here. >> reporter: anger boiled off at gop leaders decided not to holdh a scheduled vote. >> it's a disgrace. >> for me, it was disappointinga and disgusting to watch.t >> it is why the american people hate congress. >> reporter: democrats blamebl conservatives, saying they did not want to vote on another spending bill.spen >> this should not be political. >> reporter: but someso republicans say the -- >> they sent us a bunch of porkf and levittown, and that was jusj wrong. >> reporter: the house s
. so any vote in the house will be a vote for tax cuts, not for tax hikes. that helps. john boehner needs to take this deal struck in the senate that presumably has some buy in from him if not from his rank and file, because mitch mcconnell did not negotiate this is a vacuum and this is a pretty overwe will being vote. he will take this to his conference today and see where they are at. the expectation is there are two directions this could go. either a vote on the bill or house republicans propose changes so they can amend the bill more to their liking and send it back to the senate. but i think this is expected to move along here. >> there could be amendments, one past, they could vote on amendments, could fail, and then vote on the full measure. isn't that true also? >> yeah, that is true, and the other thing is once anything goes to the floor, it's not just up to republicans, it will -- and the think the expectation all along, whatever ultimately passes the house as we saw in the senate will require democrats and republicans. >> talking to phil gingery, seemed to be leaning no o
and maneuvering in congress. good afternoon. >> reporter: good afternoon, frank and house speaker john boehner did not say that he was for this deal but he didn't say he was against it, either. and right now, he is trying to take the temperature of his fellow republicans in the house to see if this deal is ready for a vote. house speaker john boehner is promising a quick vote on the "fiscal cliff" bill passed early this morning in the senate or an amended alternative. boehner has not endorsed the agreement which may face opposition from conservative lawmakers in the house. vice president joe biden negotiated the deal with senate republicans over the weekend. the agreement makes bush-era tax cuts permanent for individuals making under $400,000 a year and families making under $450,000. it also postpones harsh across- the-board spending cuts for a few months. >> this shouldn't be the model for how we do things around here, but i think we can say we've done some good for the country. >> middle class families will wake up today to the assurance that their taxes won't go up $2,200 each. >> reporter: pr
early this morning. house speaker john boehner has not endorsed that agreement but he has promised a vote or g.o.p. alternative right away. danielle nottingham has more. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner is promising a quick vote on the fiscal cliff bill passed early this morning in the senate or an amended alternative. baner has not endorse -- boehner has not endorsed the agreement which may face opposition from conservative lawmakers in the house. vice president joe biden negotiated a deal with senate republicans over the weekend. the agreement makes bush era tax cuts permanent for individuals making under $400,000 a year and families making under $450,000. it also postpones harsh across- the-board spending cuts for a few months. >> this shouldn't be itself model for how we do -- be the model for how we do things around here but i think we can say we've done some good for the country. >> families will make up today to the assurances their taxes won't go up $2200 each. >> reporter: president obama praised the senate agreement and urged the house to act without delay. capitol
is the managingma editor of the hill newspaper. you got john boehner here trying to corral the cass on the house floor, he seems to be the moderate, and if there's any take away from the election mitt thromney lost, it's because theh republicans are so far rightfar that they need to come more to the middle, but the republican party is dissing john boehnerhn who is kind of in the middle? >> he got in trouble because of that sandy relief, and chrischri christie called him out, andan boehner backed down on sandy,o but overall, the republican party is not unified, and we sa that with the fiscal cliff deall senate republicans struck a deal with joe biden, it passed the senate, and house republicans said no way.wa we're not going for that. they thought about amending it and spend yesterday graspingte with what rdthey should do.sh. they voted on the senate bill, which by the way was passed in the middle of the night. the text of the bill had not been released, and there was no score of this measure that cost $4 trillion.llio >> so is this sort of an indicatirton of where the republican party is at? af
standoff. john boehner may not even bring the house back to town until the senate comes up with a possible plan. >> reporter: obama leaves his tropical retreat in hawaii for a wintry washington, tension on capitol hill is on high. >> i don't so how you could hammer out any kind of a grand bargain or large plan involving tax reform and entitlement changes in a matter of days. >> reporter: serious doubt is setting in. even starbucks is getting involved, writing "come together" on its cup. speaker john boehner says he's sitting this round out after failing to get enough house republicans to support his own plan just before christmas. >> i think boehner is being controlled unfortunately by the right wing. >> reporter: that leaves it up to majority leader harry reid and the rest of the senate to find a possible solution. aides say reid's plan would avoid tax increases for people making less than $250,000, eliminate big spends cut and restore unemployment benefits. >> i think you're likely to see a two-step process here. one sort of dealing with the immediate dynamic so you can deal with the lar
division and anger. some republicans upset at speaker john boehner for delaying a vote on aid to the victims of hurricane sandy because of the cost. boehner signaling that he's back to a hard line in the budget fights ahead. so are senate republicans. >> so we're going to focus on spending and the tidal waves coming at us are medicare and social security. postponed two months by yesterday's fiscal cliff deal. >> the motion is adopted. >> wave number two is worse. another debt ceiling fight, like the one last year that damaged the u.s. credit rating. president obama vows no repeats. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that have already racked up. >> but house republicans pushed back. the president thinks he's not going to negotiate, he better thing again. he's president of the united states, not emperor of the planet. >> reporter: this could get scarier than the cliff. >> it may take a default, another downgrade, the serious economic consequences that flow from it to jolt us back to some kind of reality. >> reporter
speaker john boehner could face a challenge. also on the agenda changes in committee assignments and possible revisions to house and senate rules. >>> to massachusetts now where heavy snow is pounding the state and bringing with it freezing temperatures. boston could see up to 8 inches of snow today. the city's mayor has already declared a snow emergency. a top priority is getting the roads cleared for public safety. >> my guys live for this, so they're at their best when this kind of weather comes along. they're all geared up. it's like christmas morning for them. >> the neighbors to the south in rhode island are breaking out the shovels this morning. we'll show you that video. about a foot of snow has already fallen in some parts of the state. i know it's wintertime and it's supposed to snow, but these are the big snows so it's always interesting and kind of fun if you're not in it to look at the video. cnn i-reporters have been busy send inning photos. these are from mark ivy in farmersbu farmersburg, indiana. keep those pictures coming. >>> fiscal cliff, debt, and egos. how m
starbucks is getting involved, right in "come together" on its cups. speaker john boehner is sitting the route out after failing to get house republicans to support his own plan. >> i think john boehner is being controlled, unfortunately, by the right wing. >> that leaves it up to majority leader harry ring in the red -- harry reid in the rest of the senate to find a solution. harry reid's plan will avoid tax creases for -- tax increases for people making too large and $50,000. >> you will see a two-step process here, one with the media dynamic so you can set up a situation where you can deal with a larger situation. >> without a deal, bush-era tax cuts will expire january 1 and spending cuts will set in. counters -- congress has set a deadline but so far that has backfired. now there is a new warning from the treasury secretary that this country is about to hit its debt limit and needs to act fast. in washington, danielle leigh, nbc news. >> as we head to the new year, a number of new laws are set to effect here in maryland. one allowing gay couples to marry as of january 1. another
obama cutting his vacation short to avoid the fiscal cliff but house speaker john boehner says the people who need to take action are not in the oval office. >>> as the investigation continues into the deaths of four americans in libya we're learning people who were initially blamed are back on the payroll with little or no punishment. >>> unbelievable video. some aquariumgoers getting way too close to a real live shark. as close as you can get without becoming dinner. it is all "happening now." harris: hello, everyone, i'm harris faulkner, in today for jenna lee. jon: nice to have you up here in the big studio instead of down in the newsroom. harris: good to be here. jon: i'm jon scott. there is deadly weather pounding the united states. a powerful winter storm bringing snow and driving rain to the northeast. blizzard conditions in some areas. it is the same system that brought winter storms and tornados to the south and midwest. at least 12 people have died in this system. we're seeing major travel problems today as well. some areas are getting slammed all night long. anna ko
hard for a deal, gregg. gregg: has the bickering between reid and boehner sort of poisoned the negotiations past the point that, you know, maybe this meeting will help at all? >> reporter: it may have because it's really, we've seen tensions escalate ever since before christmas when john boehner was not able to get a deal through the house where he has a very strong republican majority. he had a rebellion amongst some of his fellow conservatives. that is what held it up. senator harry reid as you say was very rough going directly after boehner yesterday. take a listen. >> the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. >> reporter: the word dictatorship not sitting well at speaker's office of the as you can imagine his spokesman putting out a tough statement of his own saying quote, senator reid should talk less and legislate more. the house already passed le
. it was a struggle between speaker john boehner and more conservative republicans like paul ryan, and the house republican leader who walked with the speaker but this morning opposed the fiscal cliff deal that boehner tonight would allow to pass the house. >> it is passed. >> reporter: the senate passed it this morning 89-8. democrats and republicans cooperating to. reverse the tax hikes on 98% of americans that took effect at the midnight fiscal cliff. but leaving place a tax hike on the wealthy. incomes over $400,000. and postponed deep spending cuts. democrats pushed for house approval. >> the issue of whether we have an up or down vote shouldn't be a question. >> reporter: house republicans battled. the faction demanding budget cuts be added to the bill. >> and the senate and how that we are serious about cutting spending. though they're not. >> reporter: time to count heads. >> yeah we are going to whip and see where we are and vote. >> reporter: the moderates won. a vote set on what the senate passed. house passage all but assured. >> we are working hard to pull ourselves back from that,
going up. he said it was 250,000 and now gone up to 4 or 450. >> that's right. plan b, john boehner, the leader of the rublicans offered to do it at a million. in a way, the republicans were defeated in terms of getting it up to a million. they never got a vote. everybody is going to get a tax increase that has nothing to do with this bill because of the payroll tax holiday. a person earning $50,000 is going to pay $800 more by virtue of the fact that expires. what you have really here now it seems to me is erik canter, the number 2 guy trying to make the number one guy in his own party john boehner look bad or maybe this is his attempt to run for speaker when the new congress comes into affect thursday at noon where they have an election. i mean, baner said let's hand it over to the senate and the assumption was we all do what the senate comes up with. obviously, there's been a breakdown in communication. >> there's this thought going back to the election, the republicans are blindsided by how badly mitt romney was beaten and see this going on in the republican party itself. is thi
boehner failed to get enough support for a plan b that would raise taxes on those making more than a million dollars a year. >> it begin to address our nation's crippling debt. >> with the january 1 deadline quickly approaching, some are worried we could fall off. >> it would be the most colossal act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time if that happens. >> some strong words from senator lieberman. the president is expected to arrive tomorrow morning. >> how promising does is look that they will find a solution? >> we have heard president obama and speaker john boehner calling each other optimist. 50% of americans do that think both sides will come to an agreement. kind of a trend among the public perception. >> hallie jackson, thank you. >> you have only a few days to save hundred dollars with the homestead tax credit. it stems from legislation enacted back in 2007 by the state general assembly. >> 5:07. tornadoes ripped through alabama disrupting christmas. >> one of the first at normandy. >> this is a live picture at liberty road. >> welcome back to 11 news today. 5:0
john boehner brought that senate plan up for a vote. it passed 257 to 167. for much of the day republicans argued whether to change the bill by tacking on spending cuts and send it back to the senate. but senate leaders warned that would blow apart the deal. taxes would only go up on americans making $400,000, couples $450,000. it also extends long-term unemployment benefits and fixes the alternative minimum tax but delays the spending cuts for two months and that is setting up another fiscal crisis. >> no one believes that what we have before us tonight is a long-term solution to this problem. >> problem is we set up three more fiscal cliffs. we're going to have to deal with the debt ceiling, deal with the continuing resolution, expiration and the sequester. and all that's left is spending cuts. we got to look back on this night and regret it. >> in his comments last night, president obama warned republicans he planned to ask for more revenue as part of his promised deficit reduction measures. republicans said they are going to work hard for cuts to entitlement programs as any
democrats are accusing john boehner of running a dictatorship. a polling shows that many americans are placing the blame if the deal is not done. that poll is done by reuters and find among the sing elf groups blamed 27% -- single group blamed 27% say republicans 16% say the president and 6% hold congressional democrats responsible. the largest number polled respondents 31% say both sidesfor nome coming up in a compromise and as a result those who spoke out yesterday are less optimistic about a deal being reached. >>i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> here we go once again at the end of the year staring at crisis we should have dealt with months ago. >> senate majority leader says a deal is not likely the house is ready to act on anything past in the u.s. senate. boehner called house members back for an emergency vote sunday. but with the two sides at an impasse, over tax increases the vote will likely be ceremony and coming up this morning at 5:30, we are going to look at newunless released from towson --numbers released from towson to let you know how it will affect
cliff with republican leaders john boehner and mitch mcconnell and democratic leaders harry reid and nancy pelosi. returning to capitol hill mitch mcconnell went to the senate floor saying he is optimistic there can be a deal. he believes it can come by sunday afternoon, and at that point he would go back to the president with whatever it is he and reid are agreeing to. he said's optimistic that the next 24 hours are critical. however, tennessee senator bob cochran says even if a deal does get done don't expect too much. >> we're goakd up with a small kick the can down the road bill that creates another fiscal cliff to deal with this fiscal cliff. >> the president did say deja vu all over again. if corker is right, we are going to say some of the same machinations we've seen before. if it doesn't happen, the president wants that up or down vote on his plan. >> remember night, monday night is new year's eve when it all could go bad. >> and happy new year to you. >> thank you, gary. >>> and economists are warning that going over that fiscal cliff could pull us all back into recessi
john boehner said he will make the sandy aid package a top priority in the new congress, a new congress sworn in thursday which means it's back to square one when it comes to drafting this sandy recovery legislation. i'm tory dunnan reporting. >> speaker boehner says he will schedule two votes on aid, one for this friday and a second for january 15th. >>> the lack of action on sandy relief and the last minute nature of the fiscal cliff deal are just two reasons three in four americans think the way politics works in washington is harming the nation. that's according to a new poll by usa today and gallup. the house did approve the senate's plan to back away from the fiscal cliff late last night, but politicians are already looking to the next three chasms. here's bruce leshan. >> we'll look back on this night and regret it. the problem is we set up three more fiscal cliffs. >> reporter: just months into the new year we may yet see more partisan pitched battles over the debt ceiling, over those big across the board spending cuts which were temporarily put off and over the federal budget
is getting involved. john boehner said he is sitting this round out. >> i think that john boehner is being controlled unfortunately by the right wing pickwick that leaves it up to harry reid and the rest of the senate to find a solution. the plan would avoid tax increases and would eliminate some big spending cuts and restore unemployment benefits. >> you are likely to see a two- step process. >> without a deal, bush era tax cuts will expire on january 1. congress set up the deadline hoping it would force a compromise. so far that has a compromise in. also flyback will be brian schatz. he will be replacing daniel inouye and will likely be sworn in later today. danielle leigh, wbal-tv 11 news. >> with the new year comes new state laws. >> kim dacey has more on what to expect. >> on tuesday, a dozen new state laws will go into effect. some were highly discuss. one allows gay couples to marry as of january 1. baltimore city elections will now be held in the same cycle as the presidential elections. for veterans, the department of veterans affairs will be required to give out something of thei
. are there enough republican votes to pass it? today house speaker john boehner huddled behind closed doors with his caucus and there was universal concern. house minority leader nancy pelosi said boehner needs to allow for a straight up or down vote to the senate bill, no changes. >> our speaker has said when the senate acts, we will have a vote in the house. that is what he said. that is what we expect. that is what the american people deserve. >> reporter: early this morning the senate passed overwhelming bipartisan support that would extend the deal that would prevent tax hikes on estates more than $5 million and extend unemployment benefits for some 2 million people. since congress missed the deadline last night, technically the country has already gone over the fiscal cliff. the bush-era tax cuts have expired so everybody's tax rates have gone up but if a compromised bill is passed, retroactively they can pass it. >> this represents the least we could have done under these circumstances. >> it fails to address the mortal threat -- uncontrolled spending. >> reporter: there's one deadline they c
cuts would also be postponed. house speaker john boehner will be at the meeting today. the house will convene for a rare sunday evening session. house majority leader eric cantor says the house could be in session until january 2nd, the day before the new congress is sworn in. boehner, meanwhile, maintains that it's up to the senate to act first. >>> millions of americans may watch the ball drop new year's eve in times square, but a group of democrats is organizing its own ball drop on capitol hill. they'll launch their countdown today. their ball represents republicans dropping the ball on middle class families should lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> new this morning, iran's state television is reporting the country's navy started training drills in the strait of hormuz. that area sees 20% of the oil pass through it. the state tv report says that the programs include more ships, submarines and jet fighters. they've warned other ships to stay away from the site until after the new year. >>> melissa mollet joins us from the live desk with more. good mo
boehner and his gop lawmakers might still not agree. >> the house stands adjourned until noon tomorrow. >> boehner sent house lawmakers home to celebrate the new year without a vote to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> listen, this is disgusting. and everybody involved should be embarrassed. >> off the cliff at midnight the economy could take a hit but senate leaders hope to counter that with a rare, strong, bipartisan vote. house conservatives could still reject the plan and keep america from climbing back up the cliff. i'm steve handelsman, news 4, capitol hill. >> again the senate is expected to vote on those bills sometime late tonight or early tomorrow morning. top democrats say it will have their support. tomorrow at noon could be where we really find out if the deal holds up. stay with news 4 and nbc washington.com for the latest developments through the night. >>> they are mourning in a prince william county tonight after a police officer was killed in the line of duty. 35-year-old motorcycle police officer chris young crashed into a minivan while responding to a call. it was a fiery
republican house speaker john boehner of running a dictatorship in the house that is blocking a deal. the speaker has called the house back on sunday leaving just 24 hours for a deal. it is becoming clear though that the solution to the standoff is not going to come solely from democrats or republicans but will require concessions on both sides. and as the senate got back to business yesterday, democratic leader harry reid voiced frustration with the republican house which is not in town. >> they don't even have enough of the leadership here to meet to talk about it. they've done it with conference calls. people are spread all over this country. >> the democratic bill is, quotes, a revenue me sure that didn't originate in the house so it has no chance whatsoever of becoming law. >> reporter: if there is no deal by new year's, the bush era tax cuts will expire and everyone's taxes will go up. that could plunge the nation back into a recession. to reduce the deficit, the president wants to increase taxes on people earning $250,000 or more but he did show his willingness in negotiates w
john boehner, as he meets with fellow republicans, over whether to okay the fiscal cliff bill passed overwhelmingly by the senate. but gop lead verse not agreed to let the house vote or amend the bill. >> i think more members want this to pass than are willing to vote for it. you also have to be practical about what's the best deal you can get under the circumstances. >> reporter: vice president joe biden was back on the hill after helping to broker the senate deal. it spared the middle class a tax hike but raised taxes on those making over $400,000 a year. jobless benefits from extended for millions of unemployed but massive cuts to the military and other federal agencies were delayed for two months. democrats now the chance to vote on the bill as they say boehner promise. >> until now our speaker has head when the senate acts, we will have a vote in the house. that is what he said. that is what we expect. that is what the american people deserve. >> to forge a constructive solution for the good of the nation. >> reporter: with an opening prayer appealing for come prom ties house we
dilemma, will erik canter and john boehner which is outlet of the picture, it's up to canter to whip republicans. and also what was mentioned no amendments. i thought they'd go to the floor with a rule which means no amendments. you rule up or down like they did in the senate. if they can't do that, back to square one. >> republicans in the house have said at least the vast majority of them don't want to vote for any tax hikes. but how can they vote for a bill that has no spending cuts? >> as mitch who is a republican said look we're just going to concentrate on taxes. what republicans won't say is they don't want to be blamed for raising taxes for everyone. and that's what would happen if they don't come up with a package. and it's up to the republicans or enough republicans to vote that's where nancy pelosi said bipartisan enough republicans to breakaway from their caucus and vote with democrats so they get to the magic number of 218 without amendments so it won't go back to the senate. republicans are the party of no raising taxes on anybody. and for the first time in 20 years the
mitch mcconnell, house speaker john boehner and house democratic leader nancy pelosi met at the white house yesterday afternoon with the president and vice president. here's where things stand right now. the senate leaders are meeting aiming to avoid tax hikes. and they may vote on a deal sunday or perhaps on monday. jessica yellin is our chief white house correspondent. lisa day jar dayne is on capitol hill. the president used his bully pulpit to reinforce the idea that senators need to get busy. so let's listen. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable, why everything always has to wait till the last minute. we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> so jessica, you were in the room for the president's remarks. on a scale of 1 to 10, let's measure the anger perhaps that
clear. in order for that to happen john boehner basically has to agree that he's going to get a deal out of house with majority democrat votes, and i don't see why he does that before january 3rd. >> you're assuming the president has all the leverage, and i think the president would have a horrible legacy starting out with such turmoil, so i disagree. i think there's movement on the white house side on entitlements. >> rick, you do have to accept the fact that john boehner -- goes for the deal with democratic votes. >> he's about as acrimonious and able to get a deal done as sir harry reid. >> jared -- >> bottom lines, look at the vix, at 20, barely into anything. the market is clearly saying it doesn't care. hey, listen. i run my clients' money looking at the vix with my left eye, but 20, give me a break. you've got to thrill me above 30, above 35 before any of this has anything other than very interesting. >> if we get a deal, say sunday night we get a deal, right, do the markets rally, or does it depend on what the deal consists of? >> secretly, they are going to sell off on the news.
. a lot of negotiations have been between the president and speaker john boehner. >> november 16 was the last time and the only time they met. it's going to happen? we expected bombshell announcement? no. the thing to watch is are they going to keep talking? will these they are we going to see everyone tomorrow? in 1994, they would go to andrews air force base, can't david, but they would keep talking. -- camp david, and it would keep talking. what will happen on the floor of the house and the senate? the senate has to take a pay bill, and then it, and send it back. when they agreed to that? a third thing we need to watch is the tone. if everybody says they're hopeful, that is important i go back to last friday, after speaker boehner's plan b, which would have taxed millionaires had a higher rate, fizzled. he had a press conference that was angry and criticizing democrats, but at the end he said he was hopeful, and that was the news. host: maybe we should send your dog in the meeting. guest: she wants to know who will pay for dog food next week. host: if there is no agreement, wh
. the president and house speaker john boehner had once talked of a grand bargain with $4 trillion in deficit reduction. instead the congressional budget office calculated today that extending the bush era tax cuts for 99% of americans would add $4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. the senate measure delays mandatory pentagon and domestic spending cuts by two months. as the house convened at midday a number of republican congressmen complained the bill is still too heavy on tax hikes and too light on spending cuts. ohio's steve la tourette dismissed it as a, quote, package put together by a bunch of sleep-deprived october octogenenarians on new year's eve and the alabama representative said the house needs more time. >> the house must postpone this vote until congress and the american people have time to study and evaluate this extraordinarily complex legislation and its impact on taxes, revenue, the economy our debt and a myriad of other issues. >> woodruff: tennessee democrat steve cohen warned about the consequences of not taking the senate deal. >> my district can't afford to
: indeed, but my hunch is it will not be a raucous affair. i would assume speaker boehner would have a hands-off approach, and say, "guys, i did my best, this came down the pike, we try to come up with the deal, and not get it done." his own caucus would not support it. we should have realized that was the danger. at the time, speaker boehner said to the president and harry reid, the senate needs to send something our way, and we will deal with it. i thought it was a humble and honest approach. now, they got it, and i do not think they're going to like it. host: again, the house comes into session around noon eastern time. keep your television on c-span as we continue our coverage of the so-called fiscal cliff. tactically, we went over the -- technically, we went over the cliff, but all reports are if this deal is approved by the house, they could retroactively fixed the tax hikes, and also before the sequestration or automatic spending cuts kick in wednesday, the have another day to deal with that as well. guest: nothing means anything around here. they can legislate things backward
was, a decision was made by john boehner and other house leaders to only go in the direction of amending the senate bill if they would have the 217, 218 votes necessary in order to actually get the amendment through the house, pass the bill with an amendment, and send it back to the senate. members coming out of a republican meeting indicated they do not have the votes. they will put a clean vote on the floor on the senate bill. >> it is being reported now that the chair of the house rules committee is moving ahead with the meeting time at 8:10, which is right now. an emergency meeting of the rules committee. he is not waiting for cameras to get put into place we are unable to bring the start of that. . we will keep you updated. is there tension between speaker boehner and eric kanter during this process? >> as we have seen, there has been talk of that in the media. every time it comes up, as it has come up again tonight, people are quick to reflect reports from the caucus meeting this afternoon were that the two walked in to gather, they are trying to avoid anything the caus
boehner on the last day to keep that off the house floor. john boehner has followed what denny hastert used to impose as the majority of the majority rule. you don't bring something to the floor unless most of your members are for it. i think john boehner in this case would be willing to set that aside. he would have something else for his members to vote for, which would be more favorable to those die hard conservatives who oppose the deal, but i think he would put it on the floor and i think eld pass. >> joining us now on the set is republican congresswoman shelly moore-capito and democratic congressman greg meeks from new york. congresswoman, i think he could do that and bring it and still be fine on january 3rd. is that your view? he would be re-elected speaker. >> i think he's going to be re-elected speaker, regardless. but i think there is a will in our conference, in the republican conference, to act, to have something on the floor to react to. i would say that it could be that it comes back from the senate and we act on it, but we amend it and change it. i wouldn't say it would
that the bill was being pulled. i don't enjoy saying this. i consider myself a personal friend of john boehner, and john boehner personally has been very helpful to me over the years. so it pains me to say this. the fact is dismissive attitude that was shown last night toward new york, new jersey, connecticut typifies i believe a strain in the republican party. i know this is not the place to discuss politics, but that politics seeps over into a governmental decision that was made. i can't imagine that type of indifference, that type of disregard, that cavalier attitude being shown to any other part of the country when people we are talking about real life and death situations here, just have the speaker walk off and not tell us. tell an aide to the majority leader who tells us that we tell the majority leader that the item that means life and death was taken off the calendar and is gone for this session? they say it's going to be brought back up in january. the fact is let's be real. we are not in session next week. the following week we are in session for two days. the following week is the
john boehner for blocking a vote on a potential deal while the gop led house isn't due back until sunday, just one day before the deadline to avoid the automatic tax increases in spending cuts that could send the nation into recession. the differences between the two sides remain intact. democrats want to raise taxes on everyone earning more than $250,000 a year although the president has offered to up that to $400,000 in negotiations with boehner. republicans have rejected any new taxes even those the house speaker proposed on people earning morning a million dollars. instead, gop wants deeper spending cuts to address the nation's deficit and with the clock ticking, neither side is giving up ground. >> the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it is being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. >> this is a conversation we should have had months ago and republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the c
and be embarrassed. if worse came to worst and i'm wrong again and the mood is different, boehner would just pull the bill. the republicans control the house. not every republican is going to vote for it. a great many probably won't. but all they need is 218. he's breaking an internal matter which says you never bring to the floor unless he has a majority of his own party. he's probably going to bring it to the floor even though it's the majority of the party. to answer your question, probably the two heros are biden, who's gotten his wraps over the years, he and mcconnell forged the deal. it wasn't obama, it wasn't canter, harry reed or dick durbin. it was the vice president and the minority leaders. >> what about those that were here at january 1 and we're still voting at 10:00. >> we have a divided government. a democratic president, a democratic senate and a republican house. and what you have is a war within the republican party. i was going to use the euphemism of tea party and right wing people. people are concerned about spending, and you have also the aftermath, a very weakened speaker,
for a rare sunday evening session. it's not clear what the house will do. house speaker john boehner still insists it's up to the senate to make the next move. >>> iran's state television is reporting the country's navy started training drills in the strait of hormuz. iran is reportedly warned other ships to stay away from the site until after the new year. the state tv report says it includes warships, submarines and jet fighters. other countries are worried these tests are another step towards iran developing a nuclear weapon. >>> the military world is mourning the death of the man known as stormin' norman. general schwarzkopf died yesterday from complications with pneumonia. he helped lead forces during the first gulf war that removed saddam hussein from kuwait. a friend of his says schwarzkopf was in love with america and possessed with a sense of duty. he was 78 years old. schwarzkopf's death sparked reaction from many prominent american politicians and military leaders. former secretary of state general colin powell said "america lost a great patriot and a great soldier. his leadersh
leader mitch mcconnell. john boehner not in this, nancy pelosi isn't in this, not even the president. the house reconvenes at 10:00, the senate at 11:00, bright and early. sarcastic. neither of them showing particular signs of progress. >> these two worked together in the senate for 20 years. so you hope -- >> in fairness, the houses are not convening. these guys are not working. i don't care if it doesn't play out in the media. the big stumbling block has been avoided. republicans dropped their demand to reduce social security cost of living increases. >> i was really gratified to hear republicans had taken the demand for social security benefits off the table. truth is, they never should have been on the table to begin with there is still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. i'm interested in getting a result here. >> they have all been politically messaging, not sure why they are being critical of it now. thousands of there's of your t
through the house. and what do i mean by that? last night, speaker boehner sent out a statement saying the house reserves the right to amend this bill out of the senate. if there for some reason is a problem with this bill in the eyes of house republicans -- and they have been very leery of supporting anything they consider to be a tax hike -- they could change this bill. and after they do that, we do not know what happens next. it could go back to the senate, but we get into this sort of congressional ping pong. what i can tell you is republican leadership staff are going to try and tell their members today, since it's january 1st, so we've gone over the so-called fiscal cliff. if you vote for this bill, it's a vote to lower taxes, not raise taxes. it's optics, it's semantics, but it's very important for house republicans. >> it's ridiculous is what it is. >> and we know that a lot of democrats will support this final package. so, nancy pelosi will bring her votes. >> although welch told me he didn't know whether or not he would support it. >> nancy pelosi has signed off on it. it's u
obama went on "meet the press" to call out mcconnell and house speaker john boehner over tax hikes. >> i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to know that taxes should go up as part of an overall deficit reduction. >> a health scare for hillary clinton. new details as the secretary of state undergoes treatment for a blood clot in a new york hospital. >>> ringing in the new year. from sydney to new york city. the world turns the page to 2013. good day. i'm chris live in washington in for andrea today. deal or no deal? as vice president joe biden and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell continue negotiations, we just have learned that president obama will speak about the fiscal cliff at 1:30 p.m. eastern time. with all that happening, let's get right to our daily fix. nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill, nbc's kristen welker at the white house, and jonathan capehart, washington post editorial writer and my colleague and an msnbc contributor. okay, kelly. the action is on the hill where it's been for the last few days. let's start with you. thi
delay. the president and house speaker john boehner had once talked of a grand bargain with $4 trillion in deficit reduction. instead, the congressional budget office calculated today that extending the bush-era tax cuts for 99% of americans would add $4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. the senate measure delays mandatory pentagon and domestic spenng cuts by two months. as the house convened at midday, a number of republican congressmen complained the bill is still too heavy on tax hikes and too light on spending cuts. ohio's steve la tourette dismissed it as a "package put together by a bunch of sleep- deprived octogenarians on new year's eve." and the alabama representative said the house needs more time. >> the house must postpone this vote until congress and the ameran people have time to study and evaluate this extraordinarily complex legislation and its impact on taxes, revenue, the economy, our debt and a myriad of other issues. >> woodruff: but tennessee democrat steve cohen warned about the consequences of not taking the senate deal. >> my district can't afford to
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